Hail, Brother! Ah its good to see a propective fellow Black Dragon
The Lexicanum is an ok source for fluff collecting for the Black Dragons but its vague and not very in depth. In all honesty, the 40k Wiki is the best place to find Black Dragons fluff. It goes into detail and everything stated on it IS true and correct. Check it out - http://warhammer40k....i/Black_Dragons
Basically the Black Dragons were created during the Cursed 21st Founding, in the 36th Millennium.
The 21st Founding has been the second largest founding of Space Marines since the Second Founding. The purpose of this new founding was to rectify flawed gene-seed and create 'new and improved' Space Marines - the project was dubbed "Project Homo Sapiens Novus".
But something went wrong, and the newly formed Space Marine Chapters were plagued by ill fortune, mutation or worse! These horrid results gave the 21st Founding its title of being the "Cursed Founding".
The Black Dragons were one such Chapter created that suffered the flawed results. Their Ossmodula has mutated to extreme measures causing razor sharp fangs to grow and boney protusions sprouting from their head and forearms, which are then sheathed in adamantium, turning these 'bone blades' into lethal weapons. Those affected with such mutations are formed into a seperate fighting unit known as the Dragon Claws.
The Inquisition are very wary of the Black Dragons mutations and are constantly on their back, watching them suspiciously. Its not just the Inquisition though that are not fond of the Black Dragons' apparent deviences, the Dark Angels and Marines Malevolent are said to even refuse to fight alongside the Black Dragons (cowards!! lol)
It is rumoured that the Black Dragons Apothecaries actually purposely insert new recruits with flawed gene-seed, encouraging the growth of the bone blade mutations. Although this is seen as a big no - no, the ferocity of the Dragon Claws is much valued by the Black Dragons' Chapter Masters.
Finally each Chapter has to hand over 5% of their gene-seed to the Adeptus Mechanicus to be checked and monitored. But somehow, despite their obvious mutations the Black Dragons gene-seed always seems to come back pure. Again suspicion is rife that the Black Dragons are actually culling and sending pure gene-seed from other sources.....!!
So there is a basic history on the Black Dragons, which is all detailed in the 40k Wiki anyway. If your actually wanting books or material with Black Dragons in it then I would suggest grabbing hold of:-
- UK White Dwarf 251. This has details on the aftermath of Armageddon, which has a meaty extract about the Black Dragons role in the Battle for Armageddon.
- UK White Dwarf 279. This includes a section of Cursed Founding trial rules (no longer existing) and details actual background information on the Black Dragons as well as including a few neat pictures of converted Dragon Claws models and a Black Dragon abomination model.
- UK White Dwarf 260. This details the Cursed Founding and gives an insight into the creation of the Chapters within that founding.
- Battlefleet Gothic: Armada. There is a section under the heading of Helbrecht's Revenge that details a Black Dragons naval assault.
Note - there are a few other White Dwarf magazines which mention the Black Dragons in them but they are pretty insignificant, the above references are the main ones you need. Codex Armageddon also briefly mentions the Black Dragons and shows a painted Black Dragon model.
Anyway, I hope this has helped you out. If you want or need any more info about the Black Dragons, then feel free to PM me.
Edited by EgoDraconumNigrorum, 30 June 2012 - 03:05 PM.